April 1, 2005
Guerrero wants another title run
By SCOTT ZERR - Edmonton Sun
Eddie Guerrero had his cake and ate it, too. Now he'd love a second helping.
A year ago, Guerrero was celebrating a successful defence of his World Wrestling Entertainment championship crown after a terrific match against Kurt Angle in Wrestlemania XX at Madison Square Garden. At the end of the show, with his belt slung over his shoulder, he was back in the ring, raising the hand of longtime friend Chris Benoit, who'd just won the WWE's world heavyweight title.
Guerrero goes to Wrestlemania XXI this weekend in Los Angeles with a match against fellow tag-team champ Rey Mysterio on his mind, but the future is also in his thoughts.
The WWE took the title off Guerrero when the burden of carrying the torch for the company was taking its toll on the master of the Frog Splash. With Guerrero already having overcome severe alcohol and drug addictions, and at least one near-death overdose, more weight on those shoulders was not a smart move. Now, though, Guerrero is prepared to run with the ball once more.
"I took a lot of things personally and sometimes I have too much heart for my own good," said Guerrero recently, from his home in Tampa, Florida.
"I try to do the best I can at everything I do, but sometimes you can get caught up in some things and they will eat you up. I'm very grateful and thankful for that opportunity and it's something I've learned from.
"I would be grateful for the opportunity to be champion again. It would be a lot different. I made a lot of mistakes. I put a lot of pressure on myself and I wouldn't make those mistakes again.''
The fans of the WWE seem to want the belt on the five-foot-eight, 220-pounder again. They were dismayed when the title was taken from him and he remains one of the most popular stars on the Smackdown! show which will be coming to Edmonton on May 31 for a TV taping at Rexall Place.
Clearly, the fans love his skills and his gimmick, but Guerrero is real to them -- a normal guy who made mistakes in his personal life but found redemption through his family and his career.
"Every day I deal with my demons but I never let my guard down," said Guerrero. "I've always protected myself against them. I've been forgiven. I've forgiven myself and God has forgiven me.
"I'm tremendously happy and ecstatic with the way my life has changed. There's a lot of peace in my life and I'm thankful for that."
To be part of Wrestlemania, in what should be a high-flying, wild encounter with Mysterio, Guerrero is just eager to feel that intensity one more time.
"The atmosphere is just tremendous," said Guerrero. "I don't think it's so much different for the wrestlers than what the fans feel. It's the adrenalin rush of being out there performing in front of that big crowd and it's history -- we're making history."